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Publisher's Summary

How do you systematically destroy a child with love? It's not something that any parent aspires to do, yet a surprising number come perilously close to achieving it.So begins Orson Scott Card's new story from the Ender Universe, a profound meditation on parents and offspring focusing on the childhood of one of Ender's Battle School challengers, Bonzo Madrid, and the circumstances that lead him to his unique place in the Game. Read by a frequent visitor to Ender's world, Scott Brick.
©2006 Orson Scott Card (P)2006 Orson Scott Card

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Goes Nowhere

I was very disappointed by this short story. I thought it would give some insight into how Bonzo Madrid turned out the way he did. Nope. It had almost nothing to do with the Ender saga, other than IF personnel dropping in for a sentence every now and then. It didn't even address the teaser description, which implied that "loving a child so much" was bad for him, presumably spoiling him. There was no indication in this story that Bonzo was spoiled.

What was Orson Scott Card thinking when he wrote and released this?

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  • 03-01-19

Waste of time and money

This only covers one aspect of bonzo's childhood, and leaves many questions unanswered about how he came to be such a horrible commander, and such a despicable human being. I regret having purchased this title. The only positive thing is Scott Brick's narration, which is fantastic as always.

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Interesting, but somewhat lacking

It was a compelling insight into bonzo but I wish there had been slightly more there. It was somewhat anticlimactic. Overall pretty good, but the story needed another little something that made it worthwhile.

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wow

the story may have been short, but I did not expect that to happen to Madrid. in Enders Game you seem to be much of a jerk, now hearing his back story I can understand why he became the way he was towards Ender.

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the sorry was good, but short

not worth a $15 credit. should be part of meat shorts. I thought I was getting a whole book

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That OSC is certainly a clever man.

What did you like best about this story?

In “Children of the Mind” and now again in “Pretty Boy” OSC has a way of turning villains into real, almost likeable people.

Any additional comments?

I have despised Bonzo Madrid since I was 12. He was mean to Ender...Ender, whom I love! What’s not to hate about the guy? It is interesting to have my mind changed all these years later.

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Short and sweet, like my review.

It gives me a new perspective of the boy that Ender hated. And that's about it.

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sad to waste an audible credit.

I didn't notice how short the book was when hi bought it with a credit. disappointing.

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Strange subject matter

Was good but not really about "doting parents". Strange subject matter but good backstory of a side character in the Enderverse.

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Why Pretty?

Really short back-story on Bonzo Madrid, one of the boy leaders at battle school in "Ender's Game." The story is about "Bonito" and his family, including his motivation to attend battle school. Who would name their kid "Pretty Boy?" :-) It expands the reader's knowledge on one of the characters. Enjoyed the story.

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  • 05-04-15

Truth Glimpsed Through the Eyes of a Child

An enjoyable life lesson... Of love and betrayal, childish hopes and adult realisations.

A good insight into one of the Battle School children's pasts.

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  • Christine Siobhan barber
  • 11-11-16

Pretty boy

A strange story reminiscent of George Orwell's 1984. Where children are taught to spy on there parents.

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  • Rob Crosbie
  • 05-13-20

Short Story of the Enderverse.

This could almost be a typical short story of loss of innocence children face when confronted with the short-comings of their parents. Placing it to the Ender-verse just makes it a little bit more gritty tho.

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  • 03-17-20

terrible

I know it's free but the narrator just bored me after 10 seconds avoid this one guys

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  • jesjaspers
  • 02-25-17

stands on its own

it is part of the Ender's Game world but fairly well stands on its own as a good read

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  • Wras
  • 05-01-16

Not his best

The characters did not gel for me. and the plot was simplistic.
Sorry but I can not recommend it.

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